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Food Trucks at the NYPL, Cronut Mania Hits Japan, Zabar's Newest, and More Intel

These six pieces of information were foraged in the wild by a handsome, long-haired chef who once shook Rene Redzepi's hand at a party.


— Starting tomorrow, the New York Public Library will host an outdoor reading room, with tables, chairs, umbrellas, books, and food from some of New York's finest mobile restaurants.  The lineup includes Souvlaki GR, Phil’s Steaks, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Kimchi Taco, and Neapolitan Express. One truck will set up shop on the 40th Street side of the NYPL each day.

— And speaking of Bryant Park, chef Shanna Pacifico will be serving barbecued pulled pork and chicharrones de pollo at the Monday night movies, starting with the screening of Ghostbusters this evening.

Now Japan has its own Cronut line.

Nick Solares

— Here's a look at the plywood surrounding Eli Zabar's new project at the corner of Third Avenue and 79th Street. Original reports indicated that this would be an outpost of his market/cafe E.A.T., but signage on the space reads "Eli's Essentials," which is the name of his wine bar on Madison Avenue. Is he perhaps opening a second UES location? Stay tuned for more details.

— A new MacDougal Street coffee shop called Cafemarie is now serving fresh beignets and cafe au laits, with plans to add more breakfast items in the near future.

— And finally, Candle Bar, the Upper West Side's only gay tavern, is slated to close for good tonight. It has been in business for nearly 50 years. The phone number has already been disconnected.